Congress recently passed an 11th-hour compromise funding the government and extending the debt ceiling. The entire U.S. economy and our standing in the world were threatened by the antics of a few fanatics, the tea party.
What is really frightening is that know-nothings who don't realize the consequences of their actions are putting those politicians in a position to threaten all Republican members of Congress. They say they will oust incumbents who don't support their ideas.
I hope Americans will come to understand what nearly happened to us. I have been a Republican since Dwight Eisenhower ran for president. I will have to reconsider that position if the party succumbs to tea party fanatics.
PETER JACKSON, Pasco